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House, Senate Committees Continue Appropriations Work

This week, the House and Senate Appropriations full and subcommittees approved FY2009 spending bills for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Agriculture; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

Additional information on programs relevant to women and their families will be available when the committee reports accompanying each bill are printed.

Senate Action

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

On June 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, by unanimous consent, the FY2009 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies passed the measure on June 18. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies approved their version of the bill on June 12 (see The Source, 6/13/08).

According to a committee press release, the FY2009 spending bill would provide a total of $57.9 billion in discretionary spending for programs in the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and eight related independent agencies. The recommendation is $6.1 billion above the 2008 enacted level and $4.2 billion above President Bush’s FY2009 budget request.

During consideration of the bill, the committee adopted the following amendments by voice vote:

  • an amendment by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to increase funding for a number of state and local law enforcement programs dealing with violence against women and children, including justice programs for child abuse training, sexual assault victims’ assistance, and rural domestic violence grants. The increase would be offset by reducing the bill’s funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ); and
  • an amendment by Sen. Mikulski to increase funding for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The increase would be offset be reducing funding for the National Institute of Justice.Department of Justice

    The measure would provide $400 million for programs administered under the Violence Against Women Act. Included in that amount is $185 million for grants to combat violence against women, a $1.2 million increase over FY2008. This amount includes:

  • $17.4 million for transitional housing;
  • $9.4 million to reduce violent crimes against women on college campuses;
  • $42 million for civil legal assistance for victims;
  • $4.5 million for the Elder Abuse Grant, a program to enhance protection for older women from domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • $14 million for the Safe Haven Project;
  • $6.6 million for education and training to end violence against, and abuse of, women with disabilities;
  • $15 million for court appointed special advocates (CASA);
  • $2.8 million to train judicial personnel;
  • $900,000 for televised testimony;
  • $900,000 for research on violence against Indian women;
  • $2.5 million to engage men and youth in violence prevention programs;
  • $2.8 million for court training programs; and
  • $3 million for a stalking database.The bill would provide $3.1 billion for state and local law enforcement assistance. Of that amount, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grants Program would receive $581 million, a $411 million increase over FY2008 and $381 million above the president’s request.

    Related Agencies

    The measure also includes:

  • $390 million for the Legal Services Corporation, a $40 million increase over FY2008 and $79 million above the president’s request;
  • $8.8 million for the Commission on Civil Rights, $300,000 above FY2008 and equal to the president’s request;
  • $342 million for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, $13 million above FY2008 and equal to the administration’s request; and
  • $6.854 billion for the National Science Foundation, $789 million above FY2008 and equal to the president’s request.House Action

    Financial Services and General Government

    On June 17, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved, by voice vote, the FY2009 spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

    According to a statement by Chair José Serrano (D-NY), the measure would provide $22.39 billion in FY2009, $1.541 billion more than FY2008 and $152.726 million above the president’s request.

    The measure includes $697.444 million for the Executive Office of the President. Included in this amount is $1.4 million for the Office of National AIDS Policy “so that [the program] can move forward to develop a national AIDS strategy.”

    The bill would provide $248.409 million for the operation of the District of Columbia Courts, $24.489 million more than FY2008 and above the administration’s request.

    The Small Business Administration would receive $880.274 million in FY2009. The amount is a $311.286 million increase over FY2008 and $221.766 million above the president’s request. Included in this amount is $110 million for Small Business Development Centers.

    Labor, Heath and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

    On June 19, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, its FY2009 spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). According to a press release from Chair David Obey (D-WI), the measure would allocate $153.1 billion in discretionary funds in FY2009.

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    According to the summary, the bill would provide:

  • a $1.2 billion increase over last year and the president’s request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • a $156 million increase over last year for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and
  • a $100 million increase over last year and $73 million over the president’s request for community health programs.Department of Education

    The legislation also includes:

  • $7.1 billion in FY2009 for Head Start;
  • $2.1 billion for child care assistance;
  • $15.1 billion for Title I grants (No Child Left Behind);
  • $1.1 billion for after-school centers;
  • a $604 million increase over last year ($267 million over the president’s request) for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and
  • an additional $3.1 billion over last year for the Pell Grant program. The maximum student award would increase to $4,100 according to the summary.The bill would eliminate funding for the Reading First program in FY2009.

    The measure would provide $1.7 billion in FY2009 for the Social Services Block Grant program at HHS, and $40 million more than last year for the Dislocated Workers program at the Department of Labor, which includes $22.5 million for a new “green collar jobs” training initiative.

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

    On June 19, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, its FY2009 spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

    According to a subcommittee statement by Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the measure would allocate $20.623 billion in FY2009 discretionary spending, $2.5 billion more than FY2008 and $1.88 billion over President Bush’s request.

    The measure would provide $6.801 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. This amount is $781 million over FY2008 and $550 million over the president’s request.

    Rep. DeLauro said, “[W]e were forced to look realistically at the Women Infants [and] Children (WIC) program…In fact, for [FY]2009, WIC participation is expected to rise to 8.9 million people, yet the president’s request estimated only 8.6 million. So we increased the funding to meet the expected demand of an additional 300,000 women, infants, and children.”

    Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 

    On June 20, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, the FY2009 spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

    According to a statement by subcommittee Chair John Olver (D-MA), the bill would provide $108.3 billion in total budgetary resources for transportation and housing programs in FY2009. Of that amount, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) would receive $4 billion, $134 million above FY2008 and $1 billion above the administration’s request.

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